Rural idyll has its unique selling point
A brand new house with its own private garden and an added 20 acres of parkland to roam was an offer that Mike and Lorna Clark found impossible to refuse.
This unique selling point was an impressive opportunity to live a rural idyll for the first occupants of a clutch of homes resulting from the sale of Widmerpool Hall four years ago.
Located on the north side of the village, the Grade II-listed, neo-gothic Hall was built in 1872 for Major George Coke Robertson to the designs of Henry Clutton, responsible for Cliveden and was latterly headquarters for the AA.
Between 2008 and 2010 the estate underwent extensive renovation, resulting in nine apartments, 11 mews style houses and four detached houses in a secure, gated development within the grounds.
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Mike and Lorna were among the first people in, being hooked by the mews house design the moment they saw it. Double fronted, with a hedged front wall and first floor dormer windows, the simple design has timeless appeal.
"We loved the end position of the house, which is modern, but also has the charm of an older property," said Lorna.
"The whole house is fitted to high specifications, rooms are spacious, including four large double bedrooms and the views of the Hall from the kitchen window are stunning."
Solid oak interior doors, a platinum home entertainment package with integrated music and individually controlled speakers, Villeroy and Boch bathroom suites, Amtico flooring and Porcelanosa tiling all reflect the high quality finish.
The kitchen diner is fitted with Italian units and star galaxy granite worktops and includes a stainless steel Smeg oven and integral appliances.
The spacious sitting room features full height picture windows with matching French doors onto the rear sun deck and garden.
Upstairs, the master bedroom opens on to a compact balcony with views over the walled rear garden and impressive woodland beyond.
There are two en-suite shower rooms plus a family bathroom, all stylishly fitted.
As a busy working couple when they first moved in, and now with their 19-month-old son William, the Clarks have made the most of a high-quality house in an exclusive setting.